The beginning of September is a frenzied time in retail aisles, with the last of the back-to-school deals fighting for space with Halloween costumes and ? soon enough ? holiday paraphernalia.
Each year, more parents turn to online shopping for their last-minute needs for the new school year, looking for great deals and fast shipping on stationery, clothes, shoes and electronics.
This year, e-commerce consultancy Profitero examined online prices for a white paper on shopping trends and found that Amazon beat out two if its biggest competitors, Walmart and Target TGT +0.00%, for back-to-school deals.
Profitero examined 3,849 of the exact same products with identical brands and barcodes across Amazon, Walmart and Target?s e-commerce sites on the same date (August 18th, around the annual peak for these purchases).
The company found that Amazon?s prices were a fraction lower ? 1% ? than Walmart?s. Target?s prices, meanwhile, were 25% higher then Walmart?s overall.
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